Sustainable schools aim to prepare young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through their teaching, their fabric and through the example of their day-to-day practices. A school built on the core principles of sustainable development will encourage care:
care for oneself - our health and well-being
care for each other - across cultures, distances and generations
care for the environment - near and far
A sustainable school puts a high value on the well-being of its pupils and the school environment. Its classrooms are welcoming, clean and reassuring places to learn. It has a zero-tolerance approach to litter, graffiti and bullying, reinforced by staff demonstrating positive, caring, responsible behaviours.
In a sustainable school rainwater is collected for maintenance of the school grounds, water is preserved by efficient flush mechanisms and taps with sensors, paper towels are recycled and only cleaning agents that do not harm the environment are used.
Little is wasted and anything surplus to requirements is recycled, composted or donated. Quality food and drink is sourced from suppliers with good environmental and animal welfare records. The school takes health seriously, taking the message out into the community and supports local suppliers where it can.
Sustainable schools are not just well-managed, caring schools. They are also great places to learn, where pupils develop self-esteem and reach high standards of achievement. Care is demonstrated in new ways and new contexts, opening pupils’ eyes to the possibilities of sustainable living.
We have solar panels on the roof of the school generating electricity. The children record and monitor how much electricity is generated each week.
Continuing to work towards sustainability…
Each year we want to sustain our Eco work and keep it high profile within our school ethos and curriculum. To that end, at the end of the summer term in 2011 we had a 10,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank placed underground so all the toilets are now using rainwater!
To the delight of the children, we also have eight hens, four ex battery and four interesting breeds. Year 3/4 are in charge of their welfare, ably assisted by a keen parent!